D.C is mostly known for the White House and many monuments. When I first moved to D.C I imagined myself sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, leisurely reading a historical fiction book, and glancing up every once in a while to see the Washington Monument reflecting on significant moments in American History. That dream quickly died because of how many people swarmed the monuments each day, especially in summer. There are crowds of people on the steps trying to snap that perfect picture of themselves in front of the Washington Monument or Abe Lincoln.
One Friday night, my friend and I were walking home from a happy hour in DuPont. We somehow got turned around and ended up at the White House. We noticed that very few people were there and we got a chance to really look at it and try to see what was going on behind those windows. We decided to continue on our monuments walk and found that we could take our time and take in the monuments. There was no pushing and shoving and although we also took pictures, that was not the focus. We got a chance to appreciate the history behind each one. In addition, we got a chance to talk to park rangers and have our questions answered. Now, whenever I have friends come into town, we do another activity during the day and go do the monuments walk at night. It is so much less stressful that way.